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Summerhayes' Review: Kinder Surprise Optimus Prime

Name: Optimus Prime
Function: Autobot Leader
Subgroup: Transformers Prime
Size Class: Kinder Surprise

The Kinder Surprise is a chocolate egg which has a tiny toy in it. This was a huge part of my childhood; back in the day, it would be a random toy and you've no idea if you were going to get a lump of plastic moulded into an animal, a little aeroplane or car you had to put together or, heaven forbid, a crap little jigsaw. More recently, there are specific ranges which plaster the packaging and tell you you're going to get a certain toy. And this year, there was a range of Transformers toys. The paperwork says “Transformers” but the pictures and the characters make it pretty clear the range is based on Transformers Prime.

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Very square and blocky with some odd colouring choices but nicely poseable.

Marks out of ten for the following:

Durability: 10 None of the parts will break and they stay in nicely.
Fun: 10 A small, portable little toy of your man Optimus Prime that plays nicely with all the other toys in the set.
Aesthetics: 6 Weird little chubby Optimus. On top of that, because the torso and head can only be one colour, they've gone for a completely grey lump of plastic with a blue helmet. Needs a lick of red paint.
Articulation: 9 The best figure in this range. The arms and legs move nicely and none of them are inclined to pop off for no reason.
Value/Price: 10 At most 85p for a nice little Optimus Prime and a chocolate egg. That's the dream.
Overall: 7 Let down by unfortunate, albeit unavoidable, colouration issues and a weirdly square design.
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